Mavis in the backseat
Collection of the artist
Cynthia Henebry’s photographic work explores the relationship between order and chaos in the internal lives of children and adults. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Judith Joy Ross, Andrea Modica, Mark Steinmetz, and Jim Goldberg, Henebry grew up under the watchful eye of her mother’s camera in the 1970s and 1980s. She explains, “I think that being seen (and not seen) by her—with the camera and without—impacted me in ways I am aware of as well as only beginning to understand.” In Mavis in the backseat, she captures a girl around five years old in the back of the family station wagon in a moment of interrupted thought. Mavis’s inscrutable expression shifts emotions, ultimately settling into a penetrating gaze.